This AIANY panel discussion highlighted efforts already in place pre-pandemic to assist in revitalizing New York City storefronts and facades by offering financial assistance and design guidelines.  Panelists presented an overview of existing city efforts. Current initiatives along Jamaica Avenue in Queens and Pitkin Avenue in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn were used as case studies and presented in more detail. The impact of this form of incremental urban revitalization was explored as a model for future work. How can we work towards maintaining the charming shopping and dining experience so beloved by New Yorkers and our visitors?  Panelists:  M. Blaise Backer, Deputy Commissioner, Neighborhood Development Division, NYC Department of Small Business Services; Natalie Mendell, Director of Business Recovery, Manhattan Chamber of Commerce;
Jesse Gericke, Planning Director, Pitkin Avenue Business Improvement District. Moderator: Laura Heim FAIA.  For more information for this February 16 from 6-7:30PM event, use this LINK.